18 FEBRUARY 2019
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US aviation entered a new phase this month and Delta Air Lines a new chapter in its 90-year history with the Airbus A220-100, known formerly as the Bombardier C Series, going into revenue service with its first American carrier from New York LaGuardia.
Delta area vice-president for sales Chuck Imhof said: “We have big plans for this aircraft. It will be an integral part of our future domestic fleet and will deliver an experience our customers will look forward to every time they fly."
Highlights of Delta's A220 include a state-of-the-art interior with a total of 109 seats – 12 in First Class, 15 in Delta Comfort+ and 82 in what Delta calls its Main Cabin.
Other features include seat-back screens, 2Ku wi-fi and among the widest seats of any narrowbody aircraft plus high-capacity overhead bins, extra-large windows and full-spectrum LED ambient lighting.
Delta's A220 is the latest investment in a fleet modernisation programme that aims to replace 20% of older, less-efficient aircraft by 2020. The airline took delivery of the first last October and has 40 on order, with 28 expected to arrive this year. The larger A220-300 will begin deliveries to Delta next year.
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